Spring Line is Now Available!


Introducing the Porteen Gear SPRING LINE 2014!

The first bags will be sold as In Stock and available for immediate shipping, they will be available as Pre-Orders  after that.

The Spring line fabrics and Leathers are exclusive to this collection and the bags will retire when the fabrics have run out.

Featured bags are:  The Tuscany,  Unisex Men’s bag, Convertible Camera Bag, and a Medium, Compact, Small size camera bag. The is a Shop section called SPRING LINE 2014 in the Etsy store where these can be purchased.

These are all available in limited quantities, so get your orders in soon to own a Spring 2014 Porteen Gear Bag!

To celebrate the first official line of Porteen Gear bags, we are giving away a Free Tote Bag and a $50.00 Gift Card!

ToteWe want to see what you pack into your Porteen gear bag! Take a photo of some of the interesting items that you carry and enter it on Facebook http://bit.ly/1eY0Qpy or Instagram with the hashtag #porteenspring2014

This contest will run for two weeks. You can find all of the details by visiting the Porteen Gear Contest Page.

Porteen Gear Contest and Move to a Historic Building!

Moves Into a Historical Building We have some exciting changes coming our way in 2014!

I have always loved older historic buildings and Grand Rapids has plenty of them. Home of the Furniture Making Industry of days long gone, vacant furniture factory buildings are being turned into loft apartments, condos, photography studios and creative spaces. Porteen Gear is lucky enough to have found a new home in one of these buildings. Think, brick walls, wood floors and huge windows. The journey into this space will be documented on our Instagram feed. Which brings me to the next subject……

FollowUs Help us build up our Instagram feed! We will be giving away a $50.00 Porteen Gear Gift Card daily for the next three days. All you have to do is Follow Porteen Gear on Instagram. Click on this link for the web version: http://instagram.com/porteengear. If you are mobile, search porteengear under users and you will find us.

Following our Instagram feed will let you see daily happenings in the studio where you might even get to see your own product being made. We will be announcing the Spring Line of camera bags next week with all new fabrics plus we have exciting giveaways planned for the month of March with themed photography contests to celebrate the new line. You can be in the loop first just by following the Instagram feed.

We will announce the daily winners at 4PM EST. This contest starts now and ends at 4PM Sunday EST (-5 GMT).

Valentine’s Day and Porteen Gear at the WPPI Las Vegas 2014!

ValentinesFB Give the gift of Design for Valentine’s Day! All gift certificates will come with the Vintage Valentine’s Card shown in the photo. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you,  please get your orders in now. Gift Certificates can also be emailed with a full color printable copy of the card shown. Porteen Gear Store

logoPorteen Gear is excited to announce that our products will be available at the WPPI Trade Show in Las Vegas this year! Acme Camera Company will have a full line of our camera bags and straps in their booth at the show! If you are going this year, this will be a great chance to see the Porteen Gear bags in person and meet the owners of Acme Camera Co., the hippest camera rental shop in Salt Lake City! You can find out more about the show by clicking on the WPPI logo below.


We also want to send a very warm welcome to Daphne from France. She is the first International Porteen Gear customer to come visit the studio. She designed her bags during the time she was here and was able to watch them being constructed.  We  had time to play around with a photo shoot to help capture the theme for the 1st Annual Porteen Gear Photography contest called “Masked”. To celebrate Mardi Gras this March, we will be launching the photography contest around the mystery behind masks. There will be some great prizes, all to be announced soon, but we can tell you that First Place will include a Retina Display Ipad Mini with a World Travel Adapter Kit. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!


Happy Winter!

winterHappy winter! This  is the time of year to feel warm and cozy, read a good book or stretch those creative muscles with projects you have been putting off. I have finally had time to get out there and do some photography. I miss the free time I used to have to just take in the scenery and “see”.

2014 is going to be a great year for Porteen Gear. We are launching a new website with a “Bag Builder”. This will make the design process easier for all of you.


This year will be about travel! Porteen gear will be one of the US retailers for Happy Cow in Australia. All of their products are made with recycled leather. I have owned a few of their products over the years and feel confident that they will be a good fit for my customers.happycow
I will be offering their backpacks and am working on the design for the “camera cube” to go into these for travel. The camera cubes will also have removable shoulder straps so they can also be a camera bag on their own. They  fit into luggage and carry-ons to protect your gear while in transit. I tried out my proto-type in Ireland this year and it was very handy to have. Stay tuned for more details on this product!



Other items to be on the watch for include, passport cases, waxed canvas toiletry bags, lens bags and a bigger convertible camera bag.




Last Day for Shipping this Tuesday! New Stock Bags Available

002a The final shipping day for orders to make it before Christmas is Tuesday, December 17th. I have put the final “In Stock” bags up in my store this morning, so get your orders in soon! This also goes for the Hard Copy Gift Certificates with Swatch Books. Camera Straps can still be made up until Wednesday. Express Mail (overnight shipping) at an additional cost will be the final option through Thursday.

Emailed Gift Certificates will be available through Noon, December 24th.

Happy Holidays!


Custom Order Deadline Dec. 6th – The Bag Builder is coming soon!

DeadlineThe last day for custom camera bag orders is December 6th. This is for the US only! The International Deadline has already passed. Any order placed before or on the deadline will ship on the 17 and 18th of December Priority Mail.

Stock items and Hard Copy Gift Certificates  can be purchased through the 18th. Online/emailed Gift Certificates can be purchased through December 24th.

The Bag Builder

There will be a new way to order custom bags from Porteen Gear! We are excited to announce the “Bag Builder”! It will be a fully interactive experience, you will get to click on swatches and leather samples to see your design online before you make your purchase. This should be rolled out by the end of March and I will be giving updates as we go. The Creme Colored canvas bags are now finished and ready to be photographed as the base bags for the new website. It was really interesting to see all of the Porteen Gear camera bags done in Ivory canvas!
whitebagsLily is dressed and sitting pretty in the studio for Christmas. She is Porteen Gears muse and has been used in many photo-shoots. She will be coming to life as the new year starts, stay tuned for the Lily Chronicles.